The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers between Nigeria and Guinea-Bissau has been postponed until next year.
This was confirmed in a statement released by the Confederation of Africa Football’s (CAF) on Sunday.
The double header between the Super Eagles and Guinea-Bissau as well as other qualifiers involving other countries for the 2023 AFCON was billed for September this year.
The double header fixtures will now come up in March 2023.
According to the Executive Committee, the reason for the postponement is to allow the five African countries that will represent the continent at the Qatar World Cup to prepare well.
The statement read:”The Confederation of African Football (“CAF”)_ Executive Committee has approved a revised TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 revised qualification calendar.
“This was necessitated by the Executive Committee’s commitment to make room for the African nations that have qualified for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in November/ December 2022 to prepare adequately.
“Consequently, the September 2022 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire match day three and match day four qualifiers have been moved to 20-28 March 2023.
“Match day five will now be on 12-20 June 2023 while match day six will be played on 4-12 September 2023.”
The Eagles top Group A in the AFCON qualifiers after recording two wins out of two games played.